07 Jan '18, 10am

Figure Skating: Eating disorders like anorexia the dark side of the sport

(REUTERS) - Japanese figure skater Akiko Suzuki was struggling with jumps when her coach said losing a kilogram could help. Instead, in two months she lost nearly a third of her body weight, putting her career - and her life - in danger. Too weak to skate, she was diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Her weight had fallen from 48kg to 32kg on her 160cm frame. "There were all these younger skaters coming along with good proportions and I started wishing for longer legs. I got a real complex," she told Japan's NTV network. "But since there was no way I could grow, the only thing I could do something about was my weight." Eating disorders have long been an issue in figure skating, where lighter weights make performing easier and aesthetics dominate - as they do in ballet and gymnastics, whose athletes also struggle with similar health problems. But this year, ...

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